Covishield will be treated as recognised vaccine: Australia

Australia has recognised the Covishield vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII). In a statement to the media, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday said Covishield will be treated as part of the “recognised vaccines” in Australia.However, it is not yet clear if the recognition of the India-made vaccine will help Indian tourists and students to visit Australia and according to a spokesperson from the Australian High Commission, vaccinated travellers will have to produce a vaccination certificate to enter Australia.

Today the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) has published its initial assessment of the data on the protection offered by the Coronavac (Sinovac) and Covishield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India) vaccines and has advised that these vaccines should be considered as ‘recognised vaccines’ for the purpose of determining incoming international travellers as being appropriately vaccinated,” said Mr. Morrison, emphasising that the latest announcement is aimed at reuniting Australian families and to welcome tourists back to Australia.

This announcement is likely to help Australian nationals who have taken Covishield doses and were expecting to travel to Australia which at the moment has travel barriers. The government of Australia is committed to ensure that Australians who were “fully vaccinated” abroad can return home without unnecessary obstacles, the statement said